Welcome to the home of the 1893 Southwold No.1 Lifeboat "Alfred Corry"
The 'Alfred Corry Charitable Trust' was set up in 1994 (Charity Commissions No. 1039030) in order to restore and preserve the 1893 Southwold No.1 Lifeboat 'Alfred Corry'. In March 2017 the Trust was registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and the number was changed to 1172006.
The 'Alfred Corry' was Southwold's lifeboat for 25 years from 1893 until 1918 which, during which period, she was launched 41 times and saved 47 lives.
The Museum is situated in the car park at the end of Ferry Road at Southwold harbour, in what used to be the old 1923 Cromer Lifeboat shed, moved to Southwold from Cromer 80 miles away, by sea in 1998.
Follow the links at the top of the pages to find out more about the fascinating story of the people involved in the boat's history, both past and present, and how it ended up back in Southwold after so many years away. Then there is the story of the old Cromer Lifeboat shed, which through a remarkable stroke of good fortune and quick action became the museum building itself. For those interested in the actual restoration work itself then the restoration section will show ongoing progress over a 15 year period. There is also a wonderful section on local maritime history compiled by our curator, Frank Upcraft, whose sterling pictorial efforts have produced the most colourful and informative additions to the museum's walls,some of which can be seen in the pictures below and here.
Many sections of the website are compiled by the people involved in the work, so you get a real insight into development of the boat and
museum by the people who made it happen. If you would like to know more, or just come and see for yourself, then you can visit us in beautiful Southwold and see the fruit of many years of dedicated voluntary hard work and love, and be regaled with the extraordinary stories of the lifeboat men who voluntarily put their own lives at risk in order to save those in danger.
Inside the Museum
The museum is full of items of local history, both of the boat and the shed in the form of various artefacts connected to the industry, and an extensive collection of old photographs depicting all aspects of the boat and its crew and the history of the lives it saved, all displayed in the most wonderful way, and our thanks go to curator Frank Upcraft for producing such a comprehensive series of displays! Anyone interested in local history will also find a large section devoted to the local fishing and maritime industries over the centuries. A large number of the photographs shown on the website were provided by Frank, to which we offer our thanks, as we do to all those who have contributed to the material on this website.
Some of the wonderful displays showing the history of the Alfred Corry as well as local
maritime and town history produced by the museum's curator Mr. Frank Upcraft.
We also have a range of related merchandise including mugs, jugs, pens, colouring books and sweat shirts all emblazoned with the
Alfred Corry logo, the proceeds of which went towards the restoration and currently towards the upkeep of the museum..
Come along and visit us and see for yourself.
We are located in the grounds of the harbour car park in Ferry Road, Southwold, so we couldn't be easier to visit!
We also take schools, parties and coach trips, and anybody wishing to bring such a group to visit the museum telephone 07944 586269
The Alfred Corry Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation No.1172006.
After it’s annual Spring Clean, the Museum opens on Saturday 6th April
for the summer season.
Monday – Friday
10:30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday
10:30am – 4:30pm
Please note well: If the weather is really bad – gale force winds
If in doubt, please ring 07944 586 269 or 01502 724 484
Out of hours, or private and group viewings can be arranged if at least three days notice is given
We can be contacted by email HERE
Find us HERE
Admission is free and staff are available to answer your questions
Donations towards daily running costs and our new extension are appreciated
Frank, our hard working Curator has produced another splendid display
with photographs and information telling the story of how the floods and the high tides from 1897
affected the lives of the fishermen who lived on the beach at that time.
The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum
Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6NB, UK.
Telephone: 01502 723200
If you would be prepared to give up 3 hours a week to join us as a Volunteer Steward,
please ring either Frank on 01502 724 484 or Jonathan on 07944 586 269.
Your Museum needs you!
We now have improved access for disabled visitors with the addition of a stair lift to the mezzanine level, which enables access to the exhibition area and a view into the interior of the boat.
The inauguration was performed by the former Mayor of Southwold, Councillor Ann Betts, as well as Southwold's Town Crier John Barber (see below)
The Old Cromer Lifeboat Shed now the museum
The restored 'Alfred Corry' lifeboat
now 126 years old
We are pleased that at last we can announce that
Phase 1 of ourproposed extension is going ahead!
Details of Phase 2 will be announced later.
Our flagpole has now been repaired and painted.
New flags are flying!
Our new book; The story of the “Alfred Corry” Lifeboat at Southwold is now on sale.
Penny Mansfield our Volunteer Steward and Trustee, has spent the last year researching and revising the material, Frank Upcraft, our Curator, provided a great selection of photographs.
The result is a fascinating story with a very happy ending.
£5 a copy – a great present for somebody who loves Southwold.
Friendly dogs with well behaved owners are welcome in
Our young visitors were then presented with their booty!
Education and fun for our young visitors
Our first young visitors successfully completing the Sea Shell Search and The Landlubbers Search.
125th Celebration Presentation
David Cragie (The great great grandson of John Cragie, the first Coxswain of the Alfred Corry) presenting Frank Upcraft, Curator, with the Water Breaker. Captain John Cragie, David’s father and great grandson of the first Coxswain, looks on!
The Water Breaker
The basket is a modern replica which contains the original earthernware water bottle which saw service on Southwold's lifeboats.
Former Southwold Mayor
Miss Anne Betts
on the new stair lift
Trustees Robert 'Jim' Blythe and Jack Storer
with Mayor Anne Betts
of the new Stair Lift
Alfred & Corry meet the Alfred Corry!
The Alfred Corry Museum
in Southwold welcomed
Mr & Mrs A Wald from Holland with flags, music and champagne.
It was a very special occasion, as in 2015, Mrs Corry’s sister Pauli, rang the museum from Delft and explained that her Sister Corry, was marrying Alfred and wondered if we would send a card wishing them well. Two way communication continued and culminated with the visit.
There was much laughter, and almost some tears, when the Dutch National Anthem echoed around the lifeboat shed. Other visitors to the museum joined in and helped to finish the celebration cake, which the Curator’s wife baked. There was even some Old Amsterdam Cheese too.
Come along and pay us a visit. We can’t promise you cake and cheese, but you’ll get a warm welcome!
Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum – The Harbour Southwold.